Curious about compression stockings and how they work? Well, we’ve compiled some of the most popular questions and have answers here… all in one place.
What are compression stockings?
Compression stockings are specialized long socks, which are worn from the foot to the knee/thigh. These specialized stockings have a gradient of pressure (tighter in the foot and gradually less tight at the knee). These stockings when worn properly reduce the swelling in the feet and also decrease the chance of blood clot formation in the legs.
How do compression stockings work?
Compression stockings are made of strong elastic material and fit tightly at the feet and gradually become less tight at the knee/thigh. The pressure in the stockings is graded and this allows for the stockings to constantly squeeze the leg muscles. This motion helps to drive blood back to the heart, reduce swelling in the feet and prevent blood clot formation.
What are compression stockings used to treat?
Compression stockings are an excellent and simple method of treating disorders such as chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, lymphedema, post phlebitic syndrome and prevention of blood clots in the leg. The stockings can be worn as either in-patient or out patient. The stockings do not eliminate the varicose veins but do help reduce the swelling, aching and heaviness feeling that individuals with varicose veins experience. It is also recommended that such stockings be worn during long plane rides to decrease the probability of blood clot formation in the legs.
How does one wear compression stockings?
The stockings should be worn first thing in the morning before one gets out of bed. Some practice is required to wear compression stockings. One may either turn the stockings inside out or apply a small amount of silicone lotion to assist in wearing the stockings. One may also place a rubber glove on the toes and then pass the stockings over them to wear the stockings. A good deal of pulling is required to get the stockings past the ankle. This gets easier when one is used to wearing the stockings.
Are there any complications associated with use of compression stockings?
There are no complications associated with compression stockings. However, they do take time to adjust to and the patient experience warm leg, especially in hot weather.
The two options for spider vein treatment are sclerotherapy and laser.
Slerotherapy involves injecting a liquid agent through a tiny needle directly into your spider veins, causing them to contract and collapse. This procedure is best suited for medium to large spider veins because the needle is fitted into the vein. This procedure is performed in the office and is relatively painless. The patient wears compression hose following the procedure. Normal activities can be resumed immediately. Treatments are performed six weeks apart and it usually takes two to four treatments for sclerotherapy to be effective. Sclerotherapy is considered cosmetic and can treat spider veins on hands, face, legs and chest.
During a laser treatment, the Gemini laser is applied to the skin over the spider vein. The energy from the laser causes the spider veins to coagulate and shrink. Laser therapy is most effective for small and medium spider veins. You will likely experience mild discomfort similar to having a small rubber band snapped against your skin. Over two to six weeks, the spider veins will start to fade and you will see improved appearance after each treatment. The laser treatment usually requires three to five treatments done six to eight weeks apart.
Contact Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100 to schedule a free consultation and evaluation of your spider veins. You can also visit http://www.RenoVeinClinic.com to learn more.
Besides being hard to pronounce, Telangiectasia is the chronic dilation of groups of capillaries near the surface of the skin. It can develop anywhere on the body but is most common on the face around the nose, cheeks and chin. When similar veins are found on the legs they are commonly called spider veins. The causes of Telangiectasia can be congenital and acquired. Acquired causes include venous hypertension with underlying varicose veins. Blood flow abnormalities can also lead to Telangiectasia or spider veins in the legs. Telangiectasia usually isn’t painful, but the underlying causes may be.
There are two treatment options for Telangiectasia, laser treatments and foam sclerotherapy. Foam sclerotherapy is a non-operative treatment that uses micro-injection technology to inject a FDA approved solution called Sotradecol®. Compression stockings must be worn after sclerotherapy treatments on the legs.
The Reno Vein Clinic has experienced doctors who perform both treatment options for Telangiectasia. Call to set up a consultation today (775) 329-3100 or visit www.renoveinclinic.com for more information.